Ann Crall, 31, appeared in Jefferson County court today and pled guilty to Theft, a class three felony, and Charitable Fraud, a class five felony.
The Highlands Ranch woman was indicted in September for taking almost $60,000 from unsuspecting donors under the pretense that she had cancer.
Crall began telling people that she had been diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2005 and that she was beginning treatment. There is no evidence that she ever had cancer.
Over the next four years she continued the pretense while accepting charitable contributions. Friends, neighbors, church members and many of her husband’s co-workers gave money, time and food to help the Cralls.
Crall’s husband worked for the Lakewood Police Department. Employees of the department, as well as other law enforcement agencies, made contributions to help with what they believed to be cancer treatments for Ann Crall and the family’s financial difficulties.
Between January 2006 and December 2008 there were many fundraising efforts on her behalf. More than 1,000 donations were made to assist the Crall family during this time.
Sentencing has been set for April 28 at 8:00. Crall could potentially be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison.